What Makes A Good Website

Is Your Website Pulling Its Weight In Sales?

Your website could be your best sales tool if you’re doing it right…

In fact, a good website will help you reach a larger audience, convert more paying customers, and provide valuable information that will keep readers coming back. 

On the flip side, a poorly designed or slow website can have the opposite effect. For instance, a global survey conducted by GoodFirms concluded that 38.5% of website visitors judge a business by its website’s appearance alone.

What determines a good, converting website often centers around two things: what the website can do and how the website is maintained.

Furthermore, there are over 1.8 billion websites online. But fewer than 200 million are active at any given time. That’s a whole lot of websites missing the mark. 

Is your website one of them?

Here’s What Your Website Should Be Able To Do

If your website isn’t checking all the boxes, then it’s time to get back to the drawing board and make website management and maintenance a higher priority. 

Need to caffeinate your web copy? Schedule a discovery call today and look forward to an impactful, converting website!

1. Be Simple To Navigate…Because No One Wants Extra Work

This is pretty simple. No one wants to add to their workload. If you are selling a product or service that can make their lives easier, then make sure your website reflects that simplicity.

Above all, a website that’s difficult to navigate won’t just annoy your readers (aka potential paying customers), it will turn them away. Moreover, if they’re already interested in what you offer – they’re going to mosey right on over to your competitor. 


Furthermore, you can help your website contribute toward your business goals by keeping simplicity in mind. Even better, ask a couple of trusted friends, colleagues, or family members to look at your website. This will be most beneficial if they aren’t familiar with your business yet. And, don’t inundate yourself with a full on peanut gallery – really try to keep this to 1-3 people tops.

Then, put it to the test! Ask questions to know if they:

  • Understand what your business sells
  • How to become a client
  • Are able to find answers to their questions
  • Had any issues figuring out what to do next on the customer journey

Next, use feedback to adjust your website into an easy-to-navigate and digest marketing and sales tool for your business!

2. Use SEO To Attract A Larger Audience Of Potential Customers

A well-written website with quality SEO will rank higher in Google searches. In turn, more potential customers will find the website.

But SEO isn’t a one-and-done deal. In fact, keeping up with the algorithm is a science that requires consistent attention. In 2021 alone, Google ran over 700,000 experiments. With that data, they made more than 4,000 improvements.

What does that mean for website owners like you? 

The algorithm changes with each improvement. This means whatever actions website owners previously did successfully may no longer bring the same results. 

It’s a pivot game.

However, if you don’t have the expertise or time to maintain and manage your website, you can outsource those tasks! We love our friends at The Clever Site who help entrepreneurs and small business owners run stellar websites.

3. Provide A Great User Experience Across Computers, Phones, Tablets & All Devices

According to a Zendesk study, a poorly designed and under-optimized website drives away nearly 50% of viewers. Additionally, load speeds also affect your Google ranking.

In fact, Google’s own research states that 53% of mobile website visitors abandon a webpage if it doesn’t load within 3 seconds. Moreover, websites that rank high on Google’s search engine result page (SERP) have an average load speed of 1.65 seconds. 

Once again, it comes back to simplicity and keeping things easy for your audience. So, make sure to optimize your website for a great user experience to keep readers from running to your competitors. 

Put your website on track to be a powerful tool to inform and convert readers. Reach out today and get your discovery call on the books. 

4. Answer The Most Common Questions You Receive

How often do you get the same questions from clients or interested parties? Whether through phone calls, email, or DMs, how much time are you spending answering the same questions?

Free up your time and give the people what they want – easy-to-find answers to your most common questions!

A great way to answer questions is with blogs. Outline content categories to cover all your bases. Each question may potentially be all the inspiration you need for an entire blog post. 

5. Capture Visitor’s Contact Info Through Engagement

People love freebies, especially when it holds value in their eyes. Encourage your target audience to engage with your website by downloading a lead magnet, signing up for your email newsletter, taking a quiz, or claiming a discount.

With each method, a potential client has stepped into the conversion zone by taking their first steps on the customer journey. Meanwhile, you gain the contact information of a person who is worth nurturing to continue moving forward.

All in all, this is a win-win situation! 

6. Give Readers Clear & Direct Calls To Action

If you want someone to want to work with you, then make it easy! (See a theme here?) 

Even the most intelligent, tech-savvy people don’t want to add extra tasks to their plates. So help them along their customer journey and direct them to their next step with calls to action (CTA).

Throughout your website, include buttons that state something along the lines of:

  • Join Today
  • Get Started Now
  • Sign Up
  • Don’t Miss Out

You get the idea, right? The goal is to move them closer to being a paying customer that contributes to your business’s success. 

7. Showcase Your Business’s Credibility In Your Industry

A business’s credibility can make it stand out as a leader and authority in the industry. While some businesses start out with high credibility, others spend years building it. 

Some examples of credibility to include on your website include:

  • High-praising client reviews
  • Certifications
  • Professional affiliations 
  • Relevant memberships
  • Trust seals verified by third parties
  • Social media to show social proof
  • Press highlights
  • Links to credible sources 

However, make sure not to make your credibility the star of your website. Website copy should remain viewer focused, as the goal is to convert new customers – not brag about your accomplishments.

8. Tell Readers How To Reach You With Comments Or Questions

Have you ever attempted to contact a business and could not for the life of you figure out how? Consider that a big ol’ waving red flag!

If you can’t contact a business you’re interested in buying from, then how will you contact them if there are issues down the road? You probably won’t be able to.

Make sure your website has at least one of the following:

  • A phone number 
  • An email address
  • A contact form to request a response

However, make sure the phone number and email address are active and manned! Nothing worse than calling a number that rings and rings with no answer or voicemail.

Caffeinate Your Website With Converting Copy

FocusCopy works with small, women-owned businesses like yours to invigorate copy that will bolster your brand. Whether you need help with blogs, email newsletters, web pages, or anything else copy related, our team has your back. 

What do you say? Ready for a website that checks all the boxes and works as your best sales tool? Schedule a discovery call with me today!

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Credibility Factors To Include On Your Website

5 Credibility Factors To Include On Your Website To Win Your Next Client

Just about anyone can be anything these days.

With online courses and straight ambition to get it done, you don’t need a college degree to be whatever you want to be (except for some more professional roles). 

While that is freeing and amazing in our opinion, it also means that there’s a lot of people who say they can do it BUT they aren’t necessarily the best to do it. 

That’s why it’s more critical for you to establish your credibility online than ever before. We call those the credibility factors.

What Is A Credibility Factor?

Credibility is “a measure of how believable and trustworthy your marketing is perceived to be” (Unbounce). When you present credibility to your audience, you are helping them hedge their risk in engaging with you. And there are several ways you can accomplish that on your website – the credibility factors – which we’ll cover in this blog. 

Schedule a discovery call today to learn how FocusCopy can integrate credibility factors into your business.

Why Include Credibility Factors On Your Website

With Nigerian princes and long lost cousins, it’s reasonable to understand why so many people are skeptical. As a business owner, you need to be able to effectively communicate to a stranger what you do and why you are the person or company to hire. And you do that through either certifications or social proof – two of the most popular credibility factors. 

Here are a couple reasons why you need to include these factors on your website:

  • You are a safe entity to do business with
  • You are equipped to do the work with efficiency and quality
  • Other people have trusted you
  • You are reliable 
  • You are recognized publicly

Where Should You Put Credibility Factors On Your Website

Depending on your style of website, there are several places that you can place your credibility factors on your website. Those include: 

  • Directly underneath the hero banner (first section of the page)
  • After a call to action
  • Before the final call to action 
  • Where you need a transition 

5 Credibility Factors To Include On Your Website

Don’t know where to start? Here are 5 credibility factors to include on your website. You by no means need to include all of these. But try to include at least one factor on each page of your website. 

1. Trusted By

If you have been listed as a preferred provider for a well known company or entity, include those logos. When you associate your business with other well known organizations, it communicates to your audience that you took the time to get certified, have good relationships with other providers, and do good work. 

Credibility Factors To Include On Your Website

2. Credentials

If you have been certified by an authority or certifying organization, include those seals. In addition, you can also include any awards or recognitions that you’ve received. 

If you are a newer business and don’t have any of the following factors, this is a great one to include. 

3. Social Proof

People do business with people they know, like, and trust. But how do you get them to know, like, or trust you when you’re a complete stranger? You prove to them that you are worthy of them knowing, liking, and trusting you. And you do that by providing social proof. 

There are three primary ways that you can display your social proof.


Testimonials or reviews are our favorite ways to display social proof. Even more so than that, you can actually use your customers’ words in your overall marketing. They don’t tell you to speak your customers’ language for nothing. 

If you don’t have testimonials, ask for them. Here are a couple of ways we’ve collected reviews:

  • Collect feedback at the end of a project, type up the review, and send them an email with the review and platform links
  • Send an email campaign to get reviews
  • Call them up and ask for it directly
  • Offer them a spotlight on your email newsletter or social media platforms in exchange for a testimonial
Credibility Factors To Include On Your Website

Case Studies 

What better way to prove you can solve a problem than to show how you’ve solved a similar problem before? 

Write a brief summary of an issue a customer encountered and how your business provided a solution with positive results. Make sure to drop keywords of the services provided, how your existing processes made it simple, and why your business is always willing to go the extra mile.

Need help summarizing your case studies into meaningful and converting copy? Schedule a discovery call today!


As an introvert, I’m really good one on one. In group settings, I am the least effective connector. That’s why I often go to networking events with at least 3-5 people beside me. But I learned that even though I did all the work and connected with over 1,200 people over two years, my cold audience had no clue. 

So I had to build in marketing that literally proved that I was well connected. This could look like listing my strategic partners, telling client stories, tagging clients and partners on social media, and placing client logos on the site. 

4. Press Mentions 

If you’ve been mentioned in the press, been a guest on a podcast, or shown up publicly as an authority figure, then yell it from the rooftops. This credibility factor is often shown as the “as seen on” sections. You know the ones with the Good Morning America, Forbes, and Entrepreneur logos. 

5. Warranties Or Guarantees

You heard what I said at the beginning of this blog…Credibility hedges risk. When you offer a warranty or guarantee, it also hedges any risk that might come from someone investing in your business. 

Need To Spruce Up Your Website Copy?

Your website can be your greatest asset. That’s if it conveys your products, services, solutions, and credibility. But we know that running your business doesn’t leave you with much time to master the art of website copy. That’s where FocusCopy comes in. 

We’ve worked with over 80 brands from 4 different countries to take the writing off of entrepreneurs’ and business owners’ plates. Stop thinking about what your website can do for you and start experiencing it. Contact FocusCopy today and get excited to proudly share your caffeinated copy. 

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3 Common Mistakes Business Owners Make When Launching Their Website

Small business owners will spend between $2,000 and $10,000 to build a new website. 

Many business owners understand it takes a little time to pick up traffic, but what if you don’t see any improvement?

You’re getting no new leads, no phone calls, nothing is in your inbox, and you’re starting to get worried. 

You’ve just spent a lot of time and money to get your new website up and running. 

What now?

Don’t panic! Take a step back and reevaluate your website to see if you’re making one of the 3 common mistakes business owners make when launching their website.

Is your website not conveying the right message? Let’s talk!

Top 3 Most Common Digital Marketing Mistakes Business Owners Make Before A Website Launch

It’s easy to get caught up in the design of your website and pay less attention to its content. But your website’s content is much more than simply talking about your company and its services or products.

Yes, you want to ensure that your website is free of spelling and grammatical errors. However, if you’re doing any of the following things, they could be turning potential customers away.

Mistake #1: There’s More Focus On The Design Than The Words

As mentioned above, a website’s design can easily take center stage as you’re moving through your website’s development. And you’re not completely wrong to focus on it! But according to research by the Nielsen Norman Group, most internet users only skim or scan a webpage – which means you have a limited amount of time and text to get your message across with clarity.

Headlines, subheadings, bullet points, and call-to-action buttons (CTAs) are what your audience is looking for when browsing your site. They may notice a cool feature or two, but they won’t be nearly as interested in your website’s design as you are. If your website doesn’t understand what you do and how you can help them immediately, then they’re much more likely to move on to another website.

Be sure you use powerful copy to explain how you better serve your potential customers. Try not to be too wordy and make your process easy to follow. For example, when explaining how you like to do business together, break it down into 3 steps like:

1. Get In Touch!

Give us a call at 123.456.7890 to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.

2. Evaluate Your Needs

We’ll discuss which services are right for you, your desired timeline, and pricing.

3. Let’s Shake On It

As soon as we receive your deposit, we’ll get started right away!

There’s no need to give up all of your strategies right away. Let your audience reach out to you with a few simple steps.

Do you have a killer design with uncoordinated copy? FocusCopy fixes misaligned content.

Mistake #2: Business Owners Forget Who The Website Is For

Take a look at your website. Is there a ton of “we” language? This type of language typically includes words and phrases that keep the message company-focused rather than customer-focused.

Some company-focused copy is okay. But don’t go overboard. 

Your website isn’t really about you, remember? 

You already know who you are! Your website’s job is to explain your company to others and how you make their lives easier or better.

If users can’t make a connection to your message or quickly find information on your product or service benefits, then they’ll move on. It’s nice to feature your years of experience, certifications, volunteer experience, and so on. But keep in mind that the only information they truly need is what you’re offering and how it helps them.

A few items you should consider adding to your copy:

  • Customer pain points
  • Customer benefits
  • Special offerings
  • Limited-time deals or pricing
  • Engaging CTAs
  • Contact information
  • FAQs

All of these are a great way to convey the value your company has while offering easy-to-find contact information for when they’re ready to move forward.

Make that offering loud and clear, and cut out anything that simply fills the space.

Mistake #3: There’s No Celebration Of The Launch

Did you perform a soft launch without letting your customers know about your new website? 


You’ve invested time and money in your new website. 

Shouldn’t the people you care about see it?

One of the best ways to launch your new website is to create an email campaign to build up the excitement for its launch. At the very least, your new website will be on the minds of your customers if they’ve skimmed through an announcement email or two.

Don’t forget to throw some confetti for yourself, too. You’ve done an amazing job advancing your business’s growth with fresh digital marketing. It’s no small feat, and you should give yourself and your team a huge pat on the back. You can:

  • Host a countdown pizza party 
  • Make t-shirts
  • Congratulate your team for all of their hard work
  • Share your excitement on social media

Doing any or all of these will let your customers know that enhancing their experience is important to you – no one can argue with that!

Want To Launch Your Website This Year?

You have an amazing design already, but you aren’t completely sure your copy is where you want it to be. 

Don’t slow your momentum now. You’re onto something incredible. We can feel it! It’s time to put that plan in motion with a website that will convert your audience into paying customers. 

Our content remains customer-focused because we continue to ask one of our favorite questions of all time…Who cares? If there isn’t a clear answer to our writing, it’s time to rework what’s written.

We’ll use ourselves as an example…

Why Does FocusCopy exist? ⟶ To write for small and medium-sized businesses

Why does it matter? ⟶ Because business owners hate writing, don’t have time to write, and/or don’t know how to write for their business

So what? ⟶ We are an affordable and efficient solution when you need a professional copywriter for your business

Does the idea of writing your own website copy leave you feeling…a little queasy?

Talk to the team at FocusCopy and avoid these and other common website mistakes business owners make.

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How To Indoctrinate New Prospects Into Your Brand

As a business owner, do you indoctrinate new prospects as much as you hustle to market your content to the right audience?

When running a business, converting your audience into paying customers is key to turning profit and growing your brand. This is what we call the indoctrination process, and it’s all about nurturing your leads.

Don’t forget to indoctrinate new prospects into your brand. This portion is often skipped; however, it needs to stay at the forefront of your marketing. From the lead magnet that prompted a lead to give you their email address, that welcome email that locks in their interest, all the way to following up after a purchase is made. And don’t forget about your website copy, blog content, exclusive offers, and so on. 

2 Steps To Indoctrinate New Prospects Into Paying Customers 

Indoctrinating new prospects starts with the lead opting in with their email address.

Next comes the welcome message, but it doesn’t end there. 

Welcome Your Lead Into Your Business’ Culture

You’ve done something right so far because a lead has opted in to receive your emails. But we all know how emails go. If it’s not done right, then we quickly hit unsubscribe because we don’t want an irrelevant chain of emails clogging our inbox. 

So how do you capture your audience’s attention and get them excited about what comes next?

On top of writing copy that represents your unique brand voice, your friends at FocusCopy write in a way that will indoctrinate your leads into your brand. 

Because at the end of the day, what good is great copy if it’s not converting leads into paying customers?

Are you wondering, “What is my business’ culture?” Let FocusCopy help you engage your audience with your brand specific voice through effective copy. Reach out today!

Introduce Yourself In A Relevant Way

So this takes a bit of finesse. You want to introduce yourself – but in a manner that is relevant to your product or service. 

Talk about who you are and how your business exists specifically to make your customers’ lives easier. 

However, you also want to keep it fun, light, and engaging. After all, people want to feel like they’re communicating with a person – not a bot.

Furthermore, this email might contain that special offer your audience opted in to receive. So make sure you include that piece of value. 

Then, to finish it off, give your audience a little taste of what they can look forward to with your future emails.

Focus On The Prospects Wants & Needs

In your next email to your lead, let them know that you understand their needs. They wouldn’t have subscribed in the first place if there wasn’t something that sparked their interest.

So the key here is to keep that momentum going while offering value to their own life or business.

To do this, you want to focus on their pain points and the solutions you provide. 

For instance, consider a hypothetical health food company, Raspberry Blue, that is pushing their new beverages. It’s no secret that there are tons of competing businesses out there. So this (fictitious) company needs their audience to understand why their product is the best option.

How do you do this? Tell them the benefits!

Raspberry Blue has been shown to improve cardiovascular health, give you that pep of energy to get through your day, and is a healthier alternative than your mid-day snack. Did we mention their drinks are low in calories, contain no added sugar, and are ultra low in sodium?


If you’re in the market for healthier alternatives due to a recent diagnosis of high blood pressure, wouldn’t you want to at least give it a shot?

We definitely would!

Show Your Prospect How Your Business Will Improve Their Life

By now, you’ve introduced yourself and your business. Most importantly, you’ve empathized with your audience’s pain points on a human level. 

Now, it’s time to really show your prospects how your product or service will improve their lives. 

Give examples, provide testimonials, heck – you may even offer a money-back guarantee. Because at this point, if they’ve opened and read 3 whole email newsletters, then you’re definitely doing something right. 

And like all communications, point your lead in the direction you want them to go. Whether that’s Order Now! or a link to your product or service page, make this next step easy. Tell them where to go and provide a direct link.

Don’t Leave Your Leads Out In The Cold

Here’s where we see business owners fumble the most. 

You’ve created content, utilized marketing tools to reach your target audience, and they are engaged! The proof is in the opt-ins to receive your emails.

Moreover, you’ve been sending them newsletters with value. They know you, they know the benefits of your product or service, and while they haven’t made a purchase yet, they haven’t hit unsubscribe. 

While you don’t want to bug them with a ton of emails and texts, you also don’t want to leave them out in the cold. 

This is where your conversational content keeps you looking human and your leads interested. Just because they haven’t given you their money yet, doesn’t mean they won’t.

Maybe they’re budgeting their next quarter, or maybe they just need a little more convincing. Either way, don’t give up on your leads. 

If running your business is leaving you no time to create consistent and effective copy, then FocusCopy can help. Through our services, you’ll be able to capture the attention of your ideal customers with value-laden content that will convert. Reach out today, and we can talk over a warm cuppa.

Continue Nurturing Your Leads With Value-Driven Content

The same care you put into your email newsletters should also go into every piece of content you create.

This means website copy, blogs, social media, texts, direct mailers, and so on. Stay in touch and stay relevant. 

Furthermore, if your audience is reaching out, despite not being paying customers, continue to engage. Doing so builds trust and credibility.

That being said, we’re not telling you to offer your services for free. But you can answer questions and give pointers. If the requests are encroaching on the services your business provides, direct them to receive your services as a client. And let them know why!

With a paying customer, you’ll be able to devote a whole lot more attention, and you’ll be personally invested in that person’s success. But again, it takes finesse. 

Continue to show up in their inbox with intriguing newsletters that contain backlinks to blogs to your website. Not only will well-written blogs with SEO improve your Google ranking, but you’ll be continually offering something of value that is relevant to your ideal customers. 

Need Help Indoctrinating New Prospects Into Your Brand?

Don’t fret! 

Your friendly copywriters at FocusCopy would love nothing more than to discuss your business goals over a warm cup of coffee. We help entrepreneurs just like you narrow in on your brand voice and utilize our tools to establish and grow your brand.

So whether you don’t know where to start or just don’t have the time, you can still reach and engage your target audience. After all, if you’re not indoctrinating prospects and converting leads into paying customers, how will your business become the success you envision?

Ready to put an indoctrination process into your marketing plan? Grab your cup of joe and contact FocusCopy today!

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How To Create Backlinks & Drive Valuable Traffic to Your Landing Page

As you’ve transitioned your storefront and services online, you can’t help but wonder how people are going to find your website. You know that almost 88% of people in America shop online, but how will your business reach them? 

But on top of building or updating your website, you’re figuring out shipping logistics. You’re creating social media pages and finding quality IT support, (not to mention balancing your personal life obligations). Learning how to bring people in online is a problem to solve later. 

However, you understand that the more customers you have visiting your website, the more likely it is that you close sales.

And of course, you’d be right! 

Then, after all the hustle and bustle of getting your website live is over and things have calmed down for just a second, you keep seeing the term SEO pop up when you’re googling strategies for online marketing. But it might as well be gibberish – search engine optimization? What even is that? 

As it turns out, the way to generate more web traffic has a lot to do with SEO – especially a little term called backlinks. 

What Are Backlinks? 

Backlinks play a huge role in your SEO ranking on search engines – especially Google. 

Basically, backlinks are links within a piece of content that sends a reader to another website when they click on written text. 

For example, if you were writing a blog article about “How to Make Cold Brew Coffee”, you might want to talk about the best brand of coffee for the brew. Including a link to the coffee vendor’s website is an effective way to provide your readers with even more information or resources. 

After you hit publish and the blog post is live, the business you linked has now earned a backlink from you. This makes search engines give their website a vote of confidence – so to speak. 

When this happens, Google begins to recognize the linked website or article as providing valuable information. Backlinks are like your digital reputation or credibility in the eyes of Google. So when more websites link to your own, search engines see that you’re providing value to users online, and thus, raises your ranking in its index.  

Which, in turn, leads to more organic traffic! 

Simple enough, right? Well, “how do you actually create backlinks?” you might ask. 

1. Create Exemplary Content 

Quality content is first and foremost the secret ingredient to successful SEO marketing. 

The returns from high-quality written content for your SEO game are two-fold. First, well-researched, properly formatted, and grammatically sound content written by professionals will signal to Google that you produce quality information on your industry. Copywriters and content marketers know how to not only capture your brand’s voice and speak in the direction of your audience, but they know how to incorporate keywords into their work. That means when someone searches Google with certain words or asks a question, your website will come up – ready to solve their problem or steer them in the right direction. 

All of this already gives you a massive boost to your SEO standing. 

But as an added bonus, the better your content is, the more likely it is that other websites in your industry will link back to your articles. So you’ll earn Google’s stamp of approval for producing good content and when others in your industry recognize your thoughtful work. 

Need a team of master writers to support you in all your SEO endeavors? Our copywriters are on standby. Sign up for a discovery call with us today

Skyscraper Content (Or How To Rise Above The Rest)

Skyscraper content is a type of content that rises above every other existing piece of content on the same subject. While challenging and time-consuming, (skyscraper articles should be 1,500+ words, ideally, even more!) investing your energy into creating long-form skyscraper content could give you an edge. 

Similar to pillar content, you can use skyscraper content as an opportunity to create in-depth educational guides and online courses. Or you can focus on a single question being asked by your audience and answer it extensively. 

If creating a skyscraper piece sounds a bit intimidating, you can always create a smaller version first. Then over time, add more to the piece. Plus, constantly refreshing your content can also improve SEO

Guest Blogs: Share Your Perspective & Insight! 

Another way content creation can create backlinks is through guest blogging. Reach out to other professionals or publications that are in your industry, and ask to write a blog for them in exchange for a backlink to your website. Doing this may even expand your network and make you new connections. 

However, you’ll want to be sure your values align with the publication’s, and that you have some work to show as a reference.  

Find Broken & Old Links, Then Pitch Your Content As Replacement!

Once you have quality content in your arsenal, try digging around online for a while, reading various articles about your industry. Sometimes, older backlinks can take readers to a website that was taken down after the article was originally published. That means the backlink is basically broken and isn’t providing value to the reader or the website that’s hosting it. 

When this happens, reach out directly to the website owner and pitch your content as a replacement backlink. Finding broken links might take a while, but you might be surprised at how many you discover. And, reading those articles provides an opportunity to learn more about your industry.

Either way, finding broken backlinks is a surprisingly effective way to build up your backlink portfolio. 

2. Collaborate & Connect With Your Industry and Network

Another way to build up backlinks besides just creating content is by connecting with others in your industry and network. What’s more, this gives you an opportunity to dive deeper into your industry and audience (and even create professional connections). 

Get Listed On A Resources Page

One of the simpler ways of building up your backlinks is by having your content featured on a resources page. While exploring websites in your industry, look to see if they have a “master list” of website links to other domains. 

Many websites put together a page for their readers where they can learn more about a specific topic. For example, food blogs may have links to websites with more recipes. So send a message to the admin with a link to your content! 

Hop-On A Podcast 

Found a podcast in your industry that you love? Reach out to the host and see if you can join them for an episode.

Joining a podcast allows you to dive right into the heart of the conversations taking place in your industry. You’ll hear perspectives from other professionals, engage directly with your audience, and have the opportunity to share your thoughts with the community. 

Not only is this great publicity for both you and the podcast, but you’ll also have the chance to earn a quality backlink on their website as well. 

Help Out A Journalist

Sometimes, journalists need to speak with experts in certain fields to interview credible sources. You can volunteer your time to answer questions about your industry to help a journalist complete their story. Just ask them to link to your website in the finished article! 

This strategy can set you apart from competitors because a journalist has chosen you to act as a thought leader. When someone who has limited or no knowledge of your industry reads the journalist’s story, they’ll be sent right to your website. 

Ask For Testimonials 

After you’ve been working with a client for a while, ask them if they would like to exchange testimonials about each other’s services. For example, in exchange for your testimonial, you’ll display their testimonial on your website, and then backlink to them. Not only will this generate more backlinks, but it may also bring in more clients since you’re actively promoting each other’s work. 

3. Be Wary Of Quality Backlinks vs Toxic Backlinks

While you might think more backlinks are better, the SEO benefits from backlinks come from the quality of backlinks, not the quantity. 

Originally, Google’s algorithm looked at the number of backlinks more than the actual quality of the link. Naturally, buying and selling links was common practice to quickly accumulate links and rise to the top of Google. 

Now, Google considers backlinks generated in this way as “toxic”, and they harm your SEO ranking instead of bolstering it. 

But, this is just one example of a toxic backlink. Additionally, if websites with similar pages all link to your website with the same hyperlink or anchor text, search engines may register you as trying to build links quickly and maliciously like the tactic above. 

Either way, when you have a toxic backlink, Google’s algorithm will automatically penalize your website. That harms your ranking on the index. 

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How To Remove Toxic Backlinks 

Before you work to remove any potentially toxic links, you’ll have to identify which links could be causing you trouble. 

The Backlink Analytics tool from Semrush generates data about your backlink portfolio and can identify which links might be harmful. And thankfully, there are some ways in which you can remove a toxic backlink from your website. 

For starters, you can reach out to the website’s host and ask them to remove the link to your content. If the link is actually coming from a quality domain but Google incorrectly categorized it, you can ask for a manual review of the link from Google themselves

You can also use Google’s “Disavow” tool from their search console to remove toxic backlinks. WARNING: You’ll want to read up on how to properly use the tool to ensure you don’t harm your website’s search performance. 

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Identify Your Target Market

Why Is It So Important To Identify Your Target Market?

Have you ever felt as though you’re speaking into a void when it comes to your marketing materials? 

What about talking to potential customers that end up nowhere near you making a sale?

No one likes to exhaust their resources. However, you might be doing exactly that if your main focus is on the wrong group of buyers. In fact, 80% of content is geared towards the wrong audience. Spending all of your efforts speaking to the wrong audience isn’t beneficial to your business or to those customers missing out on all you have to offer.

What you need to do is ensure you’re speaking to the right people. This way, you’re producing deliverables that can convert into sales.

Identifying your target audience is essential to any growing business, and doing so is easier than you might think! 

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Factors That Impact Your Overall Marketing

Identifying your target market is just as important as the product or service you’re offering. Because without talking directly to your target market, you likely end up losing a lot more than you realize.


Did you know? The average small business spends an average of $9,000 to $10,000 per month for online advertising. 

On top of your marketing budget, you also have monthly fees associated with your website and other tools you use to get your name out there. In addition, you have operations and supply costs to cover. 

However, if you’re consistently speaking to the wrong demographic, all of those essential business elements aren’t being recovered.


On top of your budget, you have all of your deliverables that aren’t earning results because the audience you’re focusing on isn’t the right one.


The time you spend planning, organizing, and executing your advertising adds up. Make sure your time is used efficiently by talking to the audience you really want.

Potential Revenue

The thing is, there are probably plenty of people who are interested in your business. But they’re not buying because they simply haven’t heard of you. Hone in on the potential customers you want by shifting your focus. 

Valuable Assets

A fantastic web design, captivating copy, and a solid team are nothing without its consumers. You can have top-notch work simply decaying because it isn’t being seen by those who matter to your business’s revenue.

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How To Identify Your Target Market

Here are the 3 steps you need to take to redirect your business’s efforts:

1. Start With The Demographics

Find out the age, gender, income, and profession of your customers. You may have to make broad strokes to identify an ideal target audience, but the goal is to get your audience to fit 80% of what you write down for the demographics.

For example, your target audience may look like:

  • Woman-owned business that offers a professional service, 35-50 years old, lives in the US, works remote, mother of 3 kids, and married 
  • 30-year old multi-generational company who the son is currently taking over, 35-45 years old, lives in the US, grew up in the company, married, goes into the office or company building for work, bilingual (usually in English and Spanish)

The key here… Get specific!

2. Get Into The Details

Use psychographics to pinpoint your customers’ lifestyles, values, and personality traits.

For example, if we were to take the woman-owned business listed above, her personality profile may include being sociable but introverted, determined to make this work, values family over money, and relationship-focused.

3. Uncover Their Values

Narrow your funnel by learning your customers’ attitude, knowledge, and response to your services.

If you aren’t digging down and getting to the root of who your customers are, it will be tough talking to them about what you can do to serve them better. Your customers want to believe you understand them and are willing to go the extra mile to solve their problems. 

They want reliability, honesty, and value. Understanding everything about them from their age range to their preference in politics helps inform your marketing endeavors.

How To Talk To Your Target Audience

Now that you have your audience, you should be able to talk to them directly.

Demand Their Attention

Don’t be afraid to call your customers out! There’s no need to beat around the bush and evade talking to a smaller group of people because you’re afraid it will single others out. People are much more likely to perk up and pay attention when they feel seen, heard, and understood.

For example, instead of saying “All-Inclusive Legal Services For Texans,” you should say, “Are You The Victim Of A Drunk Driving Accident And Need Legal Representation?”

The point is, you may be a law office that serves all types of clients. However, if your main focus is representing drunk driving victims or their families, you need to say so upfront. Don’t be concerned with leaving others out by zooming in on a specific demographic. 

Instead of spreading a net that’s too wide, you cast a net towards a smaller, but more quality audience.

Get To The Point

You don’t need to worry about using a ton of fluff copy or over-explaining yourself. Too much copy is off-putting and can confuse your customers. Stick to their pain points and how you can solve their problem. Speak their language and use every chance to write in a voice you think they would respond well to.

For example, your audience may have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the oil and gas industry. They know their profession at an extremely deep level of understanding and respond well to efficient copy. In this instance, try to use words and phrases that you know they’ll be familiar with, even if they’re technical. 

As another example, you might know your audience is largely made up of bakers who are in their 20’s. Again, it’s okay to use wording or practical phrases as they relate to the market your customers are in.

Place The Spotlight On Them

In everything you write, place the focus on your customers rather than on yourselves. There are certainly some aspects of your business that customers want to know about. 

However, this doesn’t mean you want them to forget that you’re there to help them. It’s helpful to use copy centered on the customer in your above-the-fold website copy. And use wording like “you” more often than “we”. 

RELATED: Read How to Make a BIG Impact on Your Conversion Rates By Including These 4 Requirements For Above The Fold Website Copy

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5 Effective Lead Generation Ideas To Earn More Leads

Finding the best lead generation ideas doesn’t have to be a lengthy or complicated process. There are certainly ways to freshen up your pool of potential customers without having to spend a ton of time, resources, and money.

Maybe you’ve been feeling uninspired about reaching out to earn more business. You might feel stuck in a routine, finding it hard to break through that barrier to see new opportunities.

The truth is, we know because we’ve been there ourselves.

Feeling uninterested and unmotivated can take a toll on yourself, and your business. But lucky for you, we’ve got 5 quick tips you can use to kick your brain back into high-gear. That way, you can narrow down your next steps and focus on what you’d like to see happen first.

Implement These 5 Lead Generation Ideas

Put your budget towards the back of your mind for a second. There’s no need to start sweating bullets because most of these ideas won’t cost you a dime. This means even if one of these tips isn’t exactly the route you want to take, it isn’t a wasted effort. It’s just an additional opportunity to find out what works.

Share these best lead generation ideas with your team and collaborate on how you can go about implementing them. You might be surprised at how much others want to become involved. It can even reignite your inspiration and passion to help get you back on the right track when promoting your business.

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1. Get Social & Connect On LinkedIn

As the most trusted social network in the U.S., you could be part of an expansive group of professionals who can help one another out. Whether you have 5 or 500 connections, keep it moving! 

Continue to ignite new relationships with your target audience and others within your industry. Even if you reach out and connect with people who say they aren’t interested in your services at the moment, their circumstances can change. And when they do, you’ll be right there to remind them that you’re available.

Keep in mind that connecting goes beyond sending an invitation. It also means posting articles, sharing news, and discussing industry-related content with others. By bringing value to your niche, people will begin to notice you more and remember your name when they think of products or services similar to your own.

LinkedIn Ads

If you have a little extra money to work with, you can put it into a social media ad budget to give yourself an extra boost. But it isn’t completely necessary. You may be surprised how far simply connecting with others can take you.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Referrals In Your Meetings

You’re already talking to customers who know you and value what you do. At some point, it’s okay to reach out and ask for referrals to help your business grow. 

If you’re stuck on feeling awkward, start by saying something like, “I really appreciate your business, and I’m hoping to expand my business to serve others like yours. Do you know anyone who may be interested in what I have to offer?” 

It doesn’t need to be complicated or sound pushy at all. The worst-case scenario here is that your clients don’t have anyone they can think of immediately. But they may have someone in mind for the future!

Again, take the chance to ask for more business without being too aggressive, and stay true to your brand voice.

3. Type Up A Guest Blog Or Two

The term “guest blog” might sound strange, but it does have a purpose. Guest blogs are blogs you write for someone else’s website discussing matters your industries have in common. Within that same blog, you’ll feature their (and your) services.

As an example, say you work as a professional flooring supplier and installer. You may find a mutual partnership with a real estate agent, home building company, or others who work in construction and real estate. You’ll then write your blog on a topic like “The Best Types Of Woods For Flooring”. But then you’ll feature your partner’s services and link back to yourself. This way, interested readers can visit your site from theirs. 

Doing guest blogs boosts your reach, SEO efforts, and gives you a little more recognition outside of your primary audience. According to Optinmonster, “62.96% of readers perceive blogs with multiple authors to be more credible.” 

Ultimately? Guest blogs can benefit both your partner and yourself. 

4. Put Your Perspective To Paper & Post A Blog

Publishing a blog on your own website is a little less complex than a guest blog but is also one of the best lead generation ideas you can integrate. Blog posts from you (the expert) establish yourself as an authority figure and help you outrank your competitors on popular search engines like Google.

As long as you practice the following key aspects of blog writing, you’ll do just fine:

  • The blog topic is helpful, educational, or interesting
  • Punchy headings and subheadings
  • Call-to-actions (CTAs) throughout
  • Images when necessary
  • Links and sources wherever needed
  • Proofreading before you hit publish

Related: Read 5 Benefits for Writing Business Blog Posts (And How To Start Publishing)

5. Revive Your Online Presence With New Website Copy

When was the last time you updated your website copy? If it’s been longer than a few years, it may be time to take a second look. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to scrap every bit of information. It does, however, mean that you need to take a deeper look to ensure your website’s copy answers the following questions:

  • Who do you serve?
  • Who are you?  
  • What value do you bring?
  • How will you solve the problems of your customers?
  • What is your reputation?
  • Is your contact information easy to find?
  • How much do your products and services cost? 
  • Are your call-to-action buttons clear?

If your website can answer every single one of these questions and reads well, you’re probably okay. But even if it already does, it may add value to your business if you freshen up the copy while staying consistent with your brand voice.

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surveying your target audience

What Are The Benefits Of Surveying Your Target Audience To Make Business & Marketing Decisions?

Surveying your target audience to help you make business decisions may not cross your mind. But there are some big benefits to doing so. For starters, you may want customer insight into an ongoing situation or upcoming event. In this case, customer feedback can be an excellent tool to gauge which direction you should take. 

You can’t expect all of your clients to respond or submit feedback. However, any observations you receive could be constructive. Google found that less than 40% of marketers use surveys to help make business decisions. This means it’s an overwhelmingly unused resource for a business owner to take advantage of. Aside from getting customer feedback, surveys have many other benefits as well.

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6 Benefits Of Surveying Your Target Audience To Make Business & Marketing Decisions

Ideally, you want to talk to each and every one of your customers. By doing so, you can find out where their head is at and how they feel about your services. However, the reality is that this is pretty impossible to accomplish. But there is another way to reach the insight you’re looking for. For example, online surveys can ask questions you may not be able to ask in person.

In addition, digital surveys can:

  • Be easy on your budget
  • Cast a large net all at once, reaching your target audience
  • Be simple to create yourself
  • Managed easily through software like SurveyPlanet or SurveyMonkey

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1. Get A Gauge On Current Conditions

Events beyond your control can dictate how you conduct business. But you can use surveys to get ahead of the curve. As an example, the pandemic left many business owners stuck on figuring out their next steps. Because there is so much controversy surrounding the pandemic, it can be hard to read an audience. This makes it that much more difficult to make smart decisions that can help expand your business. 

Nevertheless, proactive businesses took it upon themselves to send email blasts surveying their customer base. They asked questions regarding the pandemic to get a feel for their audience’s current wants and needs. And then tried to offer a solution. 

Ultimately, digital surveys helped businesses think about their availability, remote and delivery services, and more.

2. Keep Customer Feedback In Mind

Help Scout says that for every customer who complains, there’s 26 more who feel similarly but don’t say anything. However, you should keep in mind that 95% of customers share their bad experiences with friends, relatives, and acquaintances. As a business owner, you don’t hear every complaint. But many potential customers are hearing more than you know. 

These findings may not seem fair. Nevertheless, there is a way to reach out and hear more from customers who may be dissatisfied. That’s where surveys come in. Keep a pulse on your audience and check up by sending surveys every once in a while. This way, you can find gaps in areas such as your:

  • Business model
  • Marketing tools
  • Management or employee service
  • Wait times
  • Repetitive problems
  • Poor customer service or resolution

Getting feedback in these areas can help you decide what needs to be addressed. In addition, it can tell you where you’re doing well. From here, you can make changes in management, operations, and other departments as needed.

3. Surveying Your Target Audience To Reorganize Priorities

Additionally, surveys can help you rearrange your priorities and get to the root of what really matters to your customers.

You may find that certain products or services are more popular than others. You might even find you have an untapped potential by offering something else you didn’t think of before.

Say you’re a nutritionist and personal trainer who offers packages geared mostly towards healthy eating advice. However, you might get survey results that say people would rather pay more to get additional workout and exercise programs. Even more so, you find your audience isn’t all that interested in one of the packages you offer. This may be the ideal time to consider realigning your priorities and focus less on nutrition by balancing those services with exercise options. Doing so shows you’re capable of listening and allows you to offer something new to current customers based on direct responses. 

Adaptation is key to a business’s long-term success. Your priorities shouldn’t remain the same every month or year. By often surveying your audience, you won’t run the risk of falling behind the market. Or losing customers by not actually offering the services they most want.   

4. Manage Your Reputation

It’s important to maintain your online reputation the best you can. You may not agree with every survey response you receive. But there is always a way to respond with professionalism.

Say you’re hearing a ton of negative comments about your production times. However, you know that your company works as fast as it can to get products to your customers. This may be the time to create a marketing campaign that gives customers an inside look at production, why it takes so long, and the value in not cutting corners.

Your audience will value their feedback being addressed and come to better understand how your business operates.

5. View Your Business From The Customer’s Perspective

Surveying your target audience is an opportunity to see your business through someone else’s eyes. Responses can shed light on an idea or opinion you may not have ever thought of before. There may even be additional opportunities to do some good like making charitable donations or offering discounts to essential personnel. You might find out you can make a certain aspect of your business even stronger. 

6. Give Management And Employees A Chance To Adjust 

You’ve conducted a survey and see that perhaps you’ve been focusing all of your efforts on delivery services. If most of your customers say delivery is seamless, but a few of your staff are poorly trained, rude, or make continual errors, it may be time to make some tough decisions. 

Getting both positive and negative feedback helps your ability to come up with a game plan. In this case, you may want to congratulate your team on amazing delivery services. However, you will also need to transition and spend more time and resources on training. If necessary, you may need to let go of workers who are unwilling to learn, adapt, and alter their work style. But by doing so, your client base will see you’ve improved and potentially become repeat customers.

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Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs

4 Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs To Accelerate Marketing Results

Maintaining daily productivity is a delicate balancing act. Between your personal life, mental and physical health, and all the daily tasks involved in building your business, learning how to keep everything straight is a bit of a curve. 

But once you have a foundation for managing every little detail, you’ll find that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to doing. 

And your business will grow as a result! 

So to help you start tackling your ever-growing to-do list, keep these productivity tips for entrepreneurs in your bookmarks for a reference guide, and you’ll see your marketing results catapult! 

Accelerate Your Marketing Results With These Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “there has to be a better way to do everything,” it’s time to lay down a foundation that will catapult you to success. 

Most productivity tips for entrepreneurs are like habits. They will take time to apply and implement. But if you practice patience as you’re trying new things and keep showing up each day, these habits will eventually stick.  

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1. Find The Routine That Works For You 

If you don’t feel like your current routine is serving you and your goals, it’s time to reassess. Routines are the most crucial, make-or-break component of your productivity. 

Working at different times each day will drain your energy fast – not to mention waking up at different times or going to bed at different times. 

A routine is what keeps you on track. It’s what guides you through each hour of the day. It helps you stay focused. And most importantly, it is what tells you when it’s time to step away from your desk

A good, consistent routine will improve your productivity significantly. A bad, chaotic routine will leave you feeling drained all the time and like nothing is ever getting done. 

While it can take quite a while to find a routine that works for you and make it stick, once you find your groove, you’ll find you’re able to produce results on a consistent basis.

Don’t be afraid to experiment a little when creating your routine. While it’s common advice to start work early in the morning, we all have different biological clocks. 

If waking up at 4:30 every morning isn’t your cup of joe, think of your ideal wake-up time and when you feel the most focused. Then, build your schedule around those hours. When you wake up matters much less than how consistent you are with your schedule – which brings us to our next productivity tip.

2. Stay Consistent

Consistency can be a bit of a double-edged sword. When you consistently practice good habits, your productivity will soar. But the more that harmful habits start to creep into your daily routine, the more your productivity will suffer. 

All those little short social media scrolls can start to add up. And before you know it, you’ve lost an hour to distraction. 

Start by tracking your time! We are habitual time trackers. Every single task we have in our process is timed. It holds us accountable and helps us focus on the task at hand. We track all our time inside ClickUp (affiliate link here), but we also use Flow (a Pomodoro timer app) if we need to be seriously focused.

At first, building consistency is difficult. I’m not going to lie to you. It takes time, patience, and diligent effort to put good habits into practice. 

However, consistency begets consistency. The more you do a certain habit, the faster you will be consistent. This doesn’t mean that some days aren’t going to be slightly harder. Whether you’re feeling more tired than usual or just not feeling it at all, it’s normal to have off days. But consistency is what helps you show up anyway. 

And remember, what you put into your business is what you will get out of it. So as you might imagine, putting in the effort every day will start to add up. 

3. Take Breaks Seriously

Breaks are huge. Even though it can be difficult to designate a stopping point when it feels like you have so much you want to accomplish, even entrepreneurs need rest. Remember, we’re humans – not machines! 

And in reality, long workweeks can actually cause us to see diminishing returns on the time we put in. And since time, not money, is the most valuable investment you can make in your business, use it wisely. All of this is to say: quality, not quantity!

Pro tip: it is okay to take breaks in your marketing. This is your permission slip to take a break when you need it most. Can’t handle the amount of business you have? Turn back your marketing.

4. Find Your Flow 

The structure of your schedule acts sort of like a predictor for the success of your day. In other words, you cut out unnecessary distractions that go into making multiple decisions when you have a clear idea of what you’re going to be doing and when.  

It might not seem like making decisions can harm your productivity, but you would be surprised! 

Did you know that high-performing entrepreneurs and leaders often talk about wearing the same thing every day? That’s because they’re cutting out the number of decisions they have to make (and thus, the number of distractions). As it turns out, more choice isn’t always a good thing. 

And while it might sound extreme, some researchers have recently estimated that we make thousands of choices in our day-to-day lives. The exact estimation? 35,000

Can you imagine how much extra fatigue builds up as a result? From choosing what and when and where to eat, to our clothing for the day and the tasks we set for our business – try to make fewer choices, not more! 

Time-Block Your Emails & Meetings 

Speaking of decisions, think about creating a time block for responding to your emails or taking meetings over Zoom. 

Designate a time in which you will have your inbox and Calendly open, and then do your best to commit to that timeframe. In a way, time-blocking is kind of like setting healthy boundaries. You need them. Your emotional health, your relationships, and of course, your productivity all benefit from boundaries.  

Because pausing your work to respond to messages or meet with clients can slow down your work significantly. Every distraction or notification you switch your attention to can cause you to lose focus and steam on the task at hand. And once you stop working on something, it can be much more difficult to get back into the groove. This also means…

Avoid Multitasking

You’ve probably heard talk before about “being in the zone” or even felt like you were in the zone yourself while you’re working on something engaging. And that’s actually because “being in the zone” is a real psychological phenomenon! 

It’s called “Flow”. And when we enter a flow-state by eliminating distractions and focusing our attention on one thing at a time, we can actually produce a lot of results in a shorter period than if we were constantly switching our attention from one thing to another. 

A good way to keep your focus on a singular task is to turn your phone onto airplane mode, mute notifications on your desktop if you’re working on your computer, and then set a timer! 

Try to work on just ONE THING for as long as the timer is counting down, and see how much you accomplish. Setting a timer is also a great way to help you get out of a slump on a particularly low-energy day. 

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Delegate Tasks

Similar to cutting out distractions, if you have a team, delegate tasks so that you can focus your attention on other priorities

Your team is a group of people you should trust – so you know that by delegating them an assignment, they will be able to rise to the occasion. 

Additionally, if you don’t have a team yet, think about forming one if you’re at that stage of your business. Having a group of people you can depend on is huge for a business owner’s productivity. And feeling like you’re supported can help you combat feelings of imposter syndrome that so many entrepreneurs face today.

“Eat The Frog” 

Speaking of sayings… Have you ever heard the advice, “eat the frog”? This means that before you do anything else on your to-do list, you tackle the thing that is giving you the most anxiety or that feels the most daunting. 

When we get the harder things out of the way first, we actually help our productivity because we gain a sense of accomplishment before we even take lunch. 

This can boost our motivation and help our minds stay clear and focused because we aren’t distracted by all that dread building up in the back of our minds. 

While it’s perhaps the most difficult time-management skill to put into practice, (and can certainly be the most intimidating!) with all things, we get better the more we do something. And adopting this habit early in your entrepreneurial journey will help you see incredible results. 

It’s okay if you have to season the frog a little first, though. No judgment here!

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How To Sustain A Business’s Growth & Generate Leads With A Book

Ever fantasized about writing a book? 

Your name on a shiny hardcover.

But beyond the spine wrapping around your words, there’s another reason (a more profitable reason) for you to write a book. 

My friend, author of 20+ books, and the founder of Plug & Play Publishing, Weston Lyon and I sat down to talk about how to build a business with a book.

Not a professional writer? Don’t worry about it!

Plenty of business owners and entrepreneurs have written about their experiences and expertise, because it matters. Ultimately, you don’t need to be a professional writer to have something to say.

My friend, author of 20+ books, and the founder of Plug & Play Publishing, Weston Lyon and I sat down to talk about how to sustain a business’s growth and generate leads with a book.

What Are You Doing To Support Your Profit Centers?

Hitting every avenue of your profit centers is going to be the key to unlocking your business’s unlimited potential. It’s also important not to neglect one over the other. As you may already know, running a business takes a semi-seamless tango of the two to keep your company running smoothly. In addition, focusing on both profit centers keeps customers happy, too.

Front-End Profit Centers

The front-end of your business is the part that current and potential clients are likely to purchase or order because it’s geared towards a new client relationship. Your front-end profit centers include business efforts related to marketing, public relations, how you make your sales, and so much more. In other words, front-end centers include pretty much anything that attracts clients to your company.

Deliverables, such as digital ads, printed brochures, and pamphlets, can all resemble front-end examples. These types of deliverables often take the cooperation of several people or departments to produce. However, as we’ve said before, it takes more than the focus of one profit center to keep up with a successful business.

How To Improve Front-End Profit Efforts

Consider how your business strategies help the front-end part of your business. If it’s been a while since you’ve evaluated your strategies and you seem to be hitting a wall in growth, it’s time to go back to the whiteboard.

A few items you should take a look at and expand upon include:

  • Social media
  • Blogs
  • Website copy and design
  • Email campaigns
  • Additional learning opportunities to stay on trend

Need help with blogs, website copy, or other areas of writing for your business? Schedule an appointment with me to see how FocusCopy can help.

Back-End Profit Centers

Your back-end profit centers are going to relate to what happens behind the scenes of your business. This includes areas such as whoever deals with finances, administrative needs, and other forms of documentation. While this particular profit center isn’t seen by your customers, it’s where your profits lie. A back-end profit center that operates smoothly creates the flow of the business and sets the foundation for increasing its revenue every year. It’s essential and works in conjunction with the front-end to create a comprehensive business plan.

Better Support For Back-End Profit Centers

Similar to your front-end efforts, think about the last time you questioned whether your operations are running smoothly enough to continue to see growth. If you feel as though you’ve reached a standstill, it’s time to bring the team together and find active solutions.

Some areas of your back-end profit center you should focus on include:

  • Time management and efficiency
  • Gaps or areas of lost revenue
  • Ways to support your departments and team members
  • Software and applications used daily
  • Sales methods

Allowing yourself to question and rethink each one of these can ignite inspiration and get you on the right track once again.

How To Generate Leads With A Book

A book at the end of the day is an authority builder. When I first met Weston Lyon, he asked for my home address. Even though I may have thought that was an interesting question (especially in today’s digital world), I was absolutely thrilled to find his book, Stop Chasing Prospects, in my mailbox. 

Immediately, Weston jumped up as an authority. It’s one thing to be able to self-publish books for business leaders. It’s a totally different thing to work with a self-publisher who has also authored 21+ books. 

So how do you go about generating leads with a book? 

Give It Away For Free

This sounds counterintuitive, but wait a second. Because chances are, you’ve received items for free (or nearly so) that kept you going back to the source. And we know what you’re thinking. Giving your book away for free doesn’t have to include you standing in your own storefront passing them out to every person you see. There are a number of ways to get your book in someone else’s hands that doesn’t feel too pushy or salesy.

Ship It And Eat The Shipping Costs

Just like Weston did with me, you can be straightforward with the people you talk to and offer to send them your book free of charge. For starters, who doesn’t like receiving free stuff? Second, whoever you send it to is likely to be excited about it and feel valued that you’re willing to share something with them that is so personal to you.

Here’s an idea… say you’re not too comfortable with asking for this information in a one-on-one conversation. You can create a simple form fill page on your website asking for customer information with the incentive that they’ll receive a free copy of your book.

Worried about getting too many requests? Shoot an email with the page linked and say it’s only available for the first 20 people. Create a sense of urgency and you may be surprised at who jumps at the chance.

Position It For Free With The Person Paying For Shipping

Another way to bring your book to the forefront of someone’s mind is offering to send your book with a small shipping fee only. It’s better than asking someone to pay for the entire book plus shipping costs.

Don’t be afraid to make it a bit more enticing by offering a sneak peek (a page or two) of what you have to offer. Leave your audience hooked and wanting to know more. All they need to do is pay for shipping, and your knowledge can be theirs!

Include It Within A Subscription

Another good example of giving your book away for free is by seeing if you can include it with a subscription someone is already interested in. Audiobook and KindleUnlimited are just a couple examples of subscription-based services that also offer free books. This works because someone knows they want to pay for the service anyways, so why not get a free book with it? And if your book happens to help them out, all the better!

Sell It At Speaking Events Or Conferences

Finally, use your book to your advantage when performing at speaking events or conferences. The bottom line is people who are interested in what you have to say will be engaged enough to want to hear more. This is the ideal opportunity to talk about your book and lightly touch on its value without giving it all away.

Reach A Level Up As A Business Owner

If you can learn how to generate leads with a book, you can uplevel your entrepreneurial spirit. Don’t overthink it! Whichever route you choose, keep it simple and feel free to continue connecting with your customer base because you have a true passion for what you do. They’ll be glad you’ve shared your ideas and opinions, and who knows? They may even ask to hear more from you in the future.

Learn more and watch Wondering Whether Writing A Book Is Your Next Step? An Interview With Weston Lyon.

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